It’s pricey, but there’s no escaping the fact that Aurelia’s Firm and Revitalise is one incredibly nice body oil. It feels like such a treat; the smell is just out of this world and the texture is possibly the best of any “dry” oil I’ve used. It manages to be lightweight but really nourishing and rich at the same time – all of the massaging-in pleasure of a traditional body oil but without the lingering residue. There are loads of dry oils out there, but they tend to be just as they describe – dry. You get that beautiful sheen, but there’s no deep-down feeling of moisturisation. I think that the Aurelia oil gets things just right. It’s definitely in “treat to self” category, in terms of price (£48 here) but it’s also top of the class in terms of performance. “Best in Show”, even, though I hate to commit myself to statements like that! The oil is a wonderful blend of Macadamia and Borage Oil with Kukui for extra hydration and something called “Mongongo Oil” (need to look it up properly, but apparently it is high in Vitamin E). Then you’ve the Neroli, Mandarin and Rose essential oils which together create a scent that’s both uplifting and totally calming – it’s the full “luxury spa” kind of experience.
Whilst on the subject of Aurelia’s Probiotic Skincare, I must say that I am getting on very well indeed with both the Miracle Cleanser (see full review here) and the Revitalise and Glow face serum. I thought that the serum would be a bit wishy-washy (I’m always judging beauty products by their too-gorgeous-to-be-effective style packaging!) but I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s quite a little firecracker! I’ll update you on it properly at the end of summer – I’m midway through a proper, controlled test of something else at the moment so have had to stop for a while, but it’s most definitely one I want to come back to. Interestingly, it’s about the same price as the body oil. If I had to pick one or the other, I’d go for the serum as it’s actually very nicely priced for such a ballsy piece of skincare kit, but if you’re just in the market for an amazing body treat, grab the oil!
You can find the whole Aurelia range at Net-a-Porter here.